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A. One AuthorB. Two to Three AuthorsC. Three or More AuthorsD. Work in an AnthologyE. Corporate AuthorF. No AuthorG. E-BookH. Entry in an Encyclopedia/DictionaryI. Edition other than the FirstJ. Introduction, Foreword, Preface, or AfterwordK. TranslationL. Government Publication
A. Basic Journal ArticleB. Journal Article from an Online PeriodicalC. Journal Article from Library DatabaseD. Magazine ArticleE. Magazine Article from DatabaseF. Newspaper ArticleG. Google ScholarH. Research Starter Articles
A. Basic Web PageB. Document from a Web siteC. No Author
A. Video or DVDB. Sound RecordingC. Musical Composition
A. Works of ArtB. Online Image
A. LectureB. Online Course Materials
A. EmailB. Indirect SourcesC. TwitterC. Speeches, Lectures or Oral Presentations
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A guide to help with formatting your citations in MLA style.
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H. Research Starter Articles Print Page

About Research Starters

Research Starters are specific encyclopedic-like articles returned in a results list when using the Search All search engine from COTR Library homepage.  These articles are not available for all subjects and the search engines' algorithm generates the items.

This database provides you with a foundational information for their research and assignments. Use these articles as overview information on topics relevant to your studies. Comprehensive summaries of discipline-specific topics help you to grasp the broad outlines of a subject, understand real world applications, critically engage with the topics, and locate sources for advanced research.


Format for Research Starters from a Search All Results List


Author last name, First Name. "Title of Entry". Research Starters:

Source (Online Edition). Publisher, Date. Research

Starters. Web. 16 Nov. 2015.

Example One

Cox, Kimberly. "Feminist Theory in Sociology." Research

Starters: Sociology (Online Edition). Great Neck

Publishing, 2015. Research Starters. Web. 16 Nov. 2015.

 Example Two

"Piano." Encyclopædia Britannica (2014): Research

Starters. Web. 16 Nov. 2015.

Example Three

"Country Music." Encyclopædia Britannica (2014):

Research Starters. Web. 16 Nov. 2015.

Example Four

Caffrey, Cait. "Cyberbullying." Salem Press

Encyclopedia (2014): Research Starters.

Web. 16 Nov. 2015.

Example Five

Pierce, Patricia Jobe. "Elvis Presley." American

National Biography (From Oxford University

Press) (2010): Research Starters. Web. 16 Nov. 2015.

Example Six

Berman, Milton. "Pierre Trudeau." Salem Press

Biographical Encyclopedia (2014): Research

Starters. Web. 16 Nov. 2015.


Learn More

Learn more about the Modern Language Association style from the association website.

A clearly organized and well presented document offering details on various levels of MLA citation style. 

An alternative to College of the Rockies Library MLA Citation Style Guide

The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University offers an online resource which can be used in some cases.  However, it does not include everything required for citing sources in one place.

The MLA Style does not cover Canadian government sources, and has only a limited section on American government resources.

Please refer to the staff at the Library Reference Desk for clarification when citing Canadian government sources.

Librarians at SFU have created what is considered the definitive resource for use when citing Canadian Government documents and online resources in MLA Style.


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